What Makes ECCS Distinctively Christian?

At ECCS, we offer much more than just a rigorous academic education in a Christian environment, much more than just a memory verse from Scripture attached to a lesson.  A distinctly Christian education requires that all subjects be taught through the lens of Scripture.  At ECCS, we provide an academically rigorous education that has produced wonderful results by the world's standards, but our goal first and foremost is that our students know and love the Lord Jesus Christ and acknowlege his Lordship over all creation.
 
Specifically, our goals for our graduates include that they:
  • Be able to think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding.
  • Be able to reason persuasively and articulate precisely.
  • Evaluate their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures and to do so with eagerness and joyful submission to God.
  • Recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical truths, and be unswayed towards evil by the former.
  • Be well-prepared in all situations, equipped with information and the knowledge of how to use it.
  • Be socially graceful and spiritually gracious.
  • Desire to grow in understanding, yet fully realize the limitations and foolishness of this world.
  • Be compassionate toward unbelievers.
  • Embody humility and gratitude to God.
  • Know and love the Lord Jesus Christ. 
 
Parents are charged with educating their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). No education, no matter how rigorous or successful according to the world's standards today fulfills this mandate to Christian parents if Christ is not at the center of that education.  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 emphasizes the extent to which a knowledge of the Lord is to permeate the daily life and education of a child:  Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. ECCS students memorize this passage of Scripture when they are in Grammar School.  From the very beginning, ECCS students are made aware that everything they are learning, from science to math to reading, was all created and is connected through the one true God.
As the students enter the Logic and Rhetoric Stages, where they are taught to reason and to argue points with poise, courtesy and effectiveness, our goal becomes not only to connect all knowlege through Christ, but also to train the students to work heartily, as unto the Lord, not unto men (Colossians 3:2) as we teach them to reason, solve problems, argue persuasively and speak and write effectively.  We know that giving the students these skills will help them to succeed in all areas of life--in college, in their careers, in their communities. Our primary goal, however, is to equip the next generation of young Christians to dwell richly in the word of the Lord (Colossians 3:16), to live lives worthy of their calling as Christians (Ephesians 4:1), and to be able to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (II Corinthians 10:5).